Different but Blessed

Deu 33:18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.

Zebulun and Issachar are sons of Jacob by Leah and are of very different temperaments. One is outgoing, travelling to far lands abroad …trading and fruitful across oceans …known in the sea ports – but Issachar must rejoice in his tents. His business does not require travel. He works in farms, at home in a single locality. Sometimes the work of God is served through different temperaments. There are those who carry the gospel to distant lands … spreading the seed – always on the move. And there are those who must remain in one place … looking after the seed, helping it …protecting it with care and food …long after the evangelist is gone. In business, there are those whose business takes them abroad and across oceans and seas and prospering in intercontinental trade. But there are other types of business that is done at home, in only one location …some are writers and some are soldiers in distant lands.

We can be so different from the many others around us – but still rejoicing that we know and serve the purpose of God in our own unique way. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? Moses reminds Zebulum and Issachar to rejoice knowing that they will both be prosperous albeit through very different avenues. One will have of the abundance of the seas …the other will enjoy the treasures of the sand.

Lord, we thank you for the diversity in the body and different manifestations of His grace to serve. You are blessed. Rejoice in your own unique calling and the wealth given to you by God. Both Zebulun and Issachar will be wealthy. Blessed to prosper in their industry. Find where God has positioned you and prosper.

Song.
Though we are many we are one body,
we are one body in Christ 2ce
One faith in the one God, One hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, One Father over all
Though we are many we are one body,
we are one body in Christ 2ce

Prayer : Lord Jesus, teach me to rejoice in the diversity of callings prospering the kingdom by different ways. Amen.

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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Abelmizraim

Gen 50:11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

Abelmizraim means “this is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians”. When Egypt observe the mourning they were somewhat perturbed or at best surprised if not aggrieved by it. The world does not understand why the Lord Jesus would say “Blessed are they who mourn ….” Why should God’s children mourn …for a man that has lived to such a mature age. The world will urge us not to mourn, but instead to laugh and be happy …essentially …just live for pleasure. Any further sorrowing or grave soberness when Egypt has offered the best of Goshen is not quite what Egypt expected. Why should the brethren mourn when the best of Egypt is at their beck and call? The call to repent, to fast …to mourn for sin when the world tells us we are doing well is a call that irritates the world. The message of the world is enjoy… but your best life is certainly not now !

Luke 6: 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

The Bible is full of pictures that lets us see He saves the best for the last. His Eternity in Heaven is His best. His way is to serve the best wine last…the way of the antichrist is the exact opposite. Eternal damnation is the worst of all worst case scenarios…and it is saved also for the last. Christians are told especially in the end-times to endure … and that it will be worth the wait. The antichrist says there is nothing to wait for so don’t miss out on the joys of the moment at the expense of your soul. Christ suffered and was acquainted with grief … initially … before His glorification.

Egypt is still going to mourn many generations later when it is plagued and its soldiers drowned in the sea. Then Israel will truly laugh and dance. It will be worth the wait. Wait on God. God has saved the best for the last. Rejoice that there is a tomorrow that is assured. Those who wait for God to complete His processes in their lives and bring His victory at the right time will laugh last. Many in the world who are grieved at the soberness of the saints will one day mourn unstoppably…when the saints find eternal bliss as tears are finally wiped away. Remember … Israel laughed last. You will laugh last.

Song.

Alas! and did my Savior bleed – And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head – For such a worm as I?
Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine— And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine, His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done – He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide – And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died, For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face – While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, – And melt my eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay – The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away – ’Tis all that I can do.

Prayer : Lord, teach me to wait and set my eyes on the glory that is ahead. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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